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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author E'Silva, Julie D M
Email mwjuliee@mweb.co.za
URN etd-12022005-142241
Document Title The perceptual thinking processes of victims of repetitive armed robberies in the workplace : a Rorschach study
Degree MA (Clinical Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr M Aronstam
  • trauma
  • exner
  • Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM)
  • impaired reality
  • controls and stress tolerance (D & Adjusted D Scor
  • Comprehensive System (CS)
  • Perceptual Thinking Index (PTI)
  • workplace
  • repetitive and multiple victimisation
  • armed robbery
Date 2005-03-10
Availability unrestricted
The current study describes the impact of trauma on the perceptual thinking processes of participants who have sustained repeated criminal victimisation in South Africa. Fifteen adult males, (mean age 40.73 years) participated voluntarily in this descriptive study. The Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM) is the psychometric instrument used to describe the participants and Exnerís Comprehensive System (CS) is the method of interpretation employed. The Perceptual Thinking Index (PTI) is the cluster of variables selected to describe each participantís level of reality testing and perceptual functioning. Together with this, the D and Adjusted D Score variables are discussed to describe the participantsí overall and current coping capacities. From the research findings yielded in this study, it appears that the majority of these participants (73%) can be described as experiencing problems in terms of their perceptual thinking processes. They are also unable to appropriately engage in accurate reality testing. The results of the research study may serve as an incentive for further studies of this nature as according to the RIM, participants with this level of impaired reality testing generally present with psychotic features. However, these research results were found in participants who present with an absence of a psychotic or any schizophrenic type disorder diagnoses. Other researchers who used the RIM to assess trauma victims have found results similar to this. Furthermore, participants who present with this level of impaired reality testing, generally experience severe problems in coping with basic psychological aspects of daily functioning. This however, does not appear to be the case with this sample group, which was one of the motivating factors for conducting this research. A concluding suggestion is made for possible research into investigating how, and at what expense, other psychological features of functioning are employed, in order to manage in a seemingly well-adaptive manner.
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